New Delhi: Global campaigner on environment and ecological
issues, Greenpeace, has cautioned India against the proliferation
of the electronics manufacturing in the country saying
it generates major waste that leads to contamination of
groundwater and rivers.
wants the IT ministry in India to regulate the toxic impact
of this industry hand in hand with promoting its growth.
activists say governments worldwide including China recognise
that toxic contamination from e-waste is a looming environmental
disaster and enforce a phase-out of toxic chemicals India
is doing nothing.
report, Cutting Edge Contamination: A study of environmental
pollution during the manufacture of electronic products
about contamination of rivers and underground wells due
to electronic waste products.
to the report places around semiconductor manufacturing
units have high level of toxic chlorinated volatile organic
chemicals (VOCs) and toxic metals including nickel.
a Frost and Sullivan study, Greenpeace said the consumption
of electronic equipment in the country would rise to $363
billion by 2015 from $28.2 billion in 2005 at a compound
annual growth rate of 29.8 per cent.
of electronic goods and equipment has grown at a blistering
pace and the country is emerging the preferred destination
of global electronics majors.
of electronics equipment in India grew at 25 per cent
in 2005 and is expected to reach a growth rate of 50 per
cent in 2010.